"The minute you go anywhere as a first responder, and this would apply certainly to the military, you will try really hard to work yourself out of a job", Kelly said Thursday at the White House.
FEMA's focus, the official said, is to "move from the response phase to recovery", adding the recovery phase often takes years.
Short also argued it was wrong for the government to take this moment to expand hurricane relief into larger assistance for Puerto Rico.
While MLB has been doing what it could to lend a hand to Puerto Rico, Trump hasn't appeared to be all that eager to help. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the government needs to ensure that Puerto Rico can "begin to stand on its own two feet" and said the USA has "got to do more to help Puerto Rico rebuild its own economy".
Last week, after visiting the island to view relief efforts, Trump had asked Congress to approve an emergency aid package of US$29 billion for Puerto Rico. Reassuring the island, Kelly said the US will "stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done".
"A lot of Students at Chestnut Academy are either from Puerto Rico or have family members in Puerto Rico, so we thought a baseball game would be a fun way to get the community together such as the C-3 police and the Brightwood Medical Center", Lingel told 22News.
"And San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has feuded publicly with the President over the federal response, said on Twitter that Trump was incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you.!"
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Trump has been complaining about Puerto Rico's debt and infrastructure issues since the hurricanes made landfall and has claimed the mayor of San Juan has poor leadership skills.
"It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government's help", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat.
Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as the island was already struggling with a severe financial crisis, which forced the government to file for bankruptcy in May.
Democrats, however, pounced on Trump's tweets. Katrina required about $110 billion in emergency appropriations.
The House bill includes a one-time payment of $1.27 billion to help Puerto Rico receive access to the U.S. Disaster Nutrition Program. An additional $577 million would pay for western firefighting efforts.
Springfield residents came together for a charity baseball game Thursday night to raise money to support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
"Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?" "It's not easy when you are continue to suffer - see the suffering of the people without food, without water, and actually living in a humanitarian crisis".